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A Splendid Savage - The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham (Hardcover): Steve Kemper A Splendid Savage - The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham (Hardcover)
Steve Kemper
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Frederick Russell Burnham's (1861-1947) amazing story resembles a newsreel fused with a Saturday matinee thriller. One of the few people who could turn his garrulous friend Theodore Roosevelt into a listener, Burnham was once world-famous as "the American scout." His expertise in woodcraft, learned from frontiersmen and Indians, helped inspire another friend, Robert Baden-Powell, to found the Boy Scouts. His adventures encompassed Apache wars and range feuds, booms and busts in mining camps around the globe, explorations in remote regions of Africa, and death-defying military feats that brought him renown and high honors. His skills led to his unusual appointment, as an American, to be Chief of Scouts for the British during the Boer War, where his daring exploits earned him the Distinguished Service Order from King Edward VII. After a lifetime pursuing golden prospects from the deserts of Mexico and Africa to the tundra of the Klondike, Burnham found wealth, in his sixties, near his childhood home in southern California. Other men of his era had a few such adventures, but Burnham had them all. His friend H. Rider Haggard, author of many best-selling exotic tales, remarked, "In real life he is more interesting than any of my heroes of romance." Among other well-known individuals who figure in Burnham's story are Cecil Rhodes and William Howard Taft, as well as some of the wealthiest men of the day, including John Hays Hammond, E. H. Harriman, Henry Payne Whitney, and the Guggenheim brothers. Failure and tragedy streaked his life as well, but he was endlessly willing to set off into the unknown, where the future felt up for grabs and values worth dying for were at stake. Steve Kemper brings a quintessential American story to vivid life in this gripping biography.

Anecdotes of the Anglo-Boer war - Tales from 'The last of the Gentlemen's wars' (Paperback, 2nd ed): Rob Milne Anecdotes of the Anglo-Boer war - Tales from 'The last of the Gentlemen's wars' (Paperback, 2nd ed)
Rob Milne
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A kaleidoscope of human-interest stories exposing long-kept secrets, mysteries and heroics for the first time. Wars always generate stories and everybody loves a story. Rob Milne has compiled this selection of Anglo-Boer War stories from all over South Africa and recounts them in a book that saddens, mystifies, but most of all entertains. There's the devotion of the English fiancee who for 60 years sent a sprig of heather to the Lake Chrissie Post Office for her beloved's grave, the tale of the lone Boer sniper who held off the entire Guards Brigade for more than a day after the battle of Bergendal, the sighting of UFOs near Pretoria at the beginning of the war and the story of how an unfortunate British soldier ended up being buried under a toilet on a railway station. Read about Sergeant Woodward's two graves in Heidelberg and the ghosts of the British officers that still haunt the Elands River Valley. During the past 12 years since the publication of the first edition, Milne has relentlessly followed up on his stories; but sometimes the stories have followed him ... with unexpected results! There's a photo of the ghosts of the Bergendal farm girl and her British soldier lover who appeared in broad daylight on the battlefield while Milne was investigating the story in 2011. There's the unnamed Welshman who found the long-lost British paymaster's gold 60 years after the military train was ambushed and looted near Greylingstad. Learn the truth of how Churchill and his fellow officers received the daily war news in Morse code while they were prisoners of war at the State Model School in Pretoria, why Prime Minister Botha was sued after the war for stealing the `Kruger Millions' when entrusted to his care as Commandant-General during the retreat to the Mozambican border. And there's the love story, `The Legend of the Flowers', about Martha, a Boer girl, and a British soldier, George, which unfolded in Ventersdorp and how Martha involved the author in her story from beyond the grave. A unique and delightfully refreshing read.

Synthesizing Hope - Matter, Knowledge, and Place in South African Drug Discovery (Paperback): Anne Pollock Synthesizing Hope - Matter, Knowledge, and Place in South African Drug Discovery (Paperback)
Anne Pollock
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Synthesizing Hope opens up the material and social world of pharmaceuticals by focusing on an unexpected place: iThemba Pharmaceuticals. Founded in 2009 with a name taken from the Zulu word for hope, the small South African startup with an elite international scientific board was tasked with drug discovery for tuberculosis, HIV, and malaria. Anne Pollock uses this company as an entry point for exploring how the location of the scientific knowledge production matters, not only for the raw materials, production, licensing, and distribution of pharmaceuticals but also for the making of basic scientific knowledge. Consideration of this case exposes the limitations of global health frameworks that implicitly posit rich countries as the only sites of knowledge production. Analysis of iThemba identifies the problems inherent in global north/south divides at the same time as it highlights what is at stake in who makes knowledge and where. It also provides a concrete example for consideration of the contexts and practices of postcolonial science, its constraints, and its promise. Synthesizing Hope explores the many legacies that create conditions of possibility for South African drug discovery, especially the specific form of settler colonialism characterized by apartheid and resource extraction. Paying attention to the infrastructures and laboratory processes of drug discovery underscores the materiality of pharmaceuticals from the perspective of their makers, and tracing the intellectual and material infrastructures of South African drug discovery contributes new insights about larger social, political, and economic orders.

The War At Home - Women And families In The Anglo-Boer War (Hardcover): Bill Nasson, Albert Grundlingh The War At Home - Women And families In The Anglo-Boer War (Hardcover)
Bill Nasson, Albert Grundlingh
R490 R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 Save R82 (17%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The concentration camps of the Anglo-Boer War caused thousands of deaths and much suffering. But should the women and children in the camps only be seen as victims, or is there another story to be told? The War at Home tries to do just that. Firstly, it explores the unique strength of Boer women, who were often more vehemently anti-British than the men, and their role in supporting the Boer guerrilla fighters. There is also a chapter on the extraordinary Nonnie de la Rey (wife of General Koos de la Rey) who lived in the veld with her six children for nearly two years to avoid capture. A chapter on everyday life in the camps again points out how some camps were run more effectively than others and how for many women the biggest challenge was keeping boredom at bay. In an effort to stay busy, many young Boer women for instance received valuable training as nurse’s assistants. Another chapter on the clash of cultures between British doctors and Boer women explains why camp doctors started to blame the personal hygiene and mothering abilities of Boer women when they could not find ways to cure the dying children. The book also takes the suffering of black civilians in the black camps into account with a special focus on black children. As in the white camps, the majority of the 20 000 deaths in the black camps were children. Lastly, in the year in which the Women’s Monument in Bloemfontein celebrates its centenary, The War at Home looks critically at the meaning of the monument then and now.

Boerekryger - 'n Seun se hoogste offer (Afrikaans, Paperback): Albert Blake Boerekryger - 'n Seun se hoogste offer (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Albert Blake
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Op 17 sluit die talentvolle maar aweregse Henning Viljoen, 'n agterkleinseun van Piet Retief, by die Boeremagte aan. Vir die volgende twee jaar beskryf hy die lewe op kommando in sy dagboeke voordat hy tragies op die slagveld in sy pa se arms sterf. Die jonge Henning se eerlike, lewendige beskrywings bied 'n unieke perspektief op die oorlog in reguit en ongekunstelde taal. Wanneer hy byvoorbeeld mooi Boeremeisies op die plase teekom, is sy reaksies tipies van 'n jong man. Hy vertel egter ook van swaarkry en verliese, asook sy skok oor fusillerings. By een geleentheid moes hy toekyk hoe twee swart mans – eens sy speelmaats – tereggestel word. Die dagboeke vertel van die noue band tussen hom en sy korrelkop pa, 'n generaal. Na sy seun se dood sukkel sy pa om tot berusting te kom en lewer 'n anti-oorlog pleidooi in 'n brief aan genl. Louis Botha. Die laaste hoofstuk ondersoek die Bittereinders se sielkundige motivering. Blake vra ook die kritiese vraag: moes hulle so lank met die stryd aangehou het?

The Unknown Van Gogh - The Life of Cornelis Van Gogh, from the Netherlands to South Africa (Paperback): Chris Schoeman The Unknown Van Gogh - The Life of Cornelis Van Gogh, from the Netherlands to South Africa (Paperback)
Chris Schoeman
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Much has been written about Vincent van Gogh and his tempestuous relationship with his brother Theo. But few people know that there was a third Van Gogh brother, Cornelis, who was raised in the Netherlands, but worked, married and died in South Africa.

Cornelis came to South Africa in 1889, aged twenty-two, and worked as an engineer, first for the Cornucopia Gold Company in Germiston and then for the Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg Maatskappy in Pretoria. He sided with the Boers in the Anglo-Boer War, first as a railway engineer and later as a commando in the Free State. Suffering from fever, he ended up in a hospital in Brandfort in 1900, where he committed suicide by shooting himself, as had his brother Vincent ten years before.

Chris Schoeman’s biography of Cor van Gogh recreates South Africa in the last decade of the nineteenth century, tells the personal story of this young uitlander, as revealed in his letters, and describes his relationship with his famous brother Vincent. With new insights based onoriginal research, this book is an important addition to South African and world history.

Out of Egypt - A Memoir (Paperback, New edition): Andre Aciman Out of Egypt - A Memoir (Paperback, New edition)
Andre Aciman
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This richly colored memoir chronicles the exploits of a flamboyant Jewish family, from its bold arrival in cosmopolitan Alexandria to its defeated exodus three generations later. In elegant and witty prose, Andre Aciman introduces us to the marvelous eccentrics who shaped his life--Uncle Vili, the strutting daredevil, soldier, salesman, and spy; the two grandmothers, the Princess and the Saint, who gossip in six languages; Aunt Flora, the German refugee who warns that Jews lose everything "at least twice in their lives." And through it all, we come to know a boy who, even as he longs for a wider world, does not want to be led, forever, out of Egypt."

Rebel Englishwoman - The Remarkable Life of Emily Hobhouse (Paperback): Elsabe Brits Rebel Englishwoman - The Remarkable Life of Emily Hobhouse (Paperback)
Elsabe Brits 1
R263 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R42 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

WINNER OF THE 2017 MBOKODO AWARD FOR WOMEN IN THE ARTS FOR LITERATURE. 'Here was Emily . . . in these diaries and scrapbooks. An unprecedented, intimate angle on the real Emily' Elsabe Brits has drawn on a treasure trove of previously private sources, including Emily Hobhouse's diaries, scrap-books and numerous letters that she discovered in Canada, to write a revealing new biography of this remarkable Englishwoman. Hobhouse has been little celebrated in her own country, but she is still revered in South Africa, where she worked so courageously, selflessly and tirelessly to save lives and ameliorate the suffering of thousands of women and children interned in camps set up by British forces during the Anglo-Boer War, in which it is estimated that over 27,000 Boer women and children died; and where her ashes are enshrined in the National Women's Monument in Bloemfontein. During the First World War, Hobhouse was an ardent pacifist. She organised the writing, signing and publishing in January 1915 of the 'Open Christmas Letter' addressed 'To the Women of Germany and Austria'. In an attempt to initiate a peace process, she also secretly metwith the German foreign minister Gottlieb von Jagow in Berlin, for which some branded her a traitor. In the war's immediate aftermath she worked for the Save the Children Fund in Leipzig and Vienna, feeding daily for over a year thousands of children, who would otherwise have starved. She later started her own feeding scheme to alleviate ongoing famine. Despite having been instrumental in saving thousands of lives during two wars, Hobhouse died alone - spurned by her country, her friends and even some of her relatives. Brits brings Emily's inspirational and often astonishing story, spanning three continents, back into the light.

Tommies - The British Army in the Trenches (Paperback): John Sadler, Rosie Serdiville Tommies - The British Army in the Trenches (Paperback)
John Sadler, Rosie Serdiville
R186 R146 Discovery Miles 1 460 Save R40 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

British soldiers have been known as Tommies for centuries, but the nickname is particularly associated with the British infantryman in the trenches of World War I. In August 1914, a small professional force of British soldiers crossed the Channel to aid the French and Belgians as the German army advanced. As it became apparent that the war would not, in fact, be over by Christmas, a vast drive for volunteer soldiers began. As enthusiasm for enlistment tailed off, eventually conscription was introduced in order to replenish the forces weakened by years of bloodshed. By 1918 the British Army was transformed, fielding 5.5 million men on the Western Front alone. These Tommies fought an entirely new type of war, living in vast trench systems, threatened by death from the air and gas attack as well as by bullet, bomb, or bayonet. This introduction explores the experience of Tommies on the Western Front, explaining how their war evolved and changed from the mobile battles of August 1914 to the final days of the war, and discussing daily life as an infantryman on the front line using first-hand accounts, contemporary poems, and songs.

Classroom Struggle - Policy and Resistance in South Africa 1940-1990 (Paperback): Jonathan Hyslop Classroom Struggle - Policy and Resistance in South Africa 1940-1990 (Paperback)
Jonathan Hyslop
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The South African student revolt from 1976 to the 1990's was one of the most dramatic youth revolts in modern history. Yet it emerged from a system which was designed to produce both subserviance and subordination. Jonathan Hyslop's book explains this paradox. It provides an overview of thie history of apartheid education policy and resistance against it, focusing on the day-to-day perceptions and experience of teachers and students.

Engele in die vreemde - Buitelandse vroue in die Anglo-Boereoorlog (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Chris Schoeman Engele in die vreemde - Buitelandse vroue in die Anglo-Boereoorlog (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Chris Schoeman
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Na die uitbreek van die Anglo-Boereoorlog het honderde vroue hul moederlande verlaat en na Suid-Afrika gekom, sommige op soek na avontuur, ander met ’n egte begeerte om die slagoffers van die oorlog te help. Hulle het van reg oor die wereld gekom – van Brittanje en sy kolonies, en van pro-Boerlande in Europa. Maar wat ook al hul oorsprong, het hulle almal hierheen gekom om in onaangename en vreemde toestande te leef en te werk. Engele in die vreemde vertel die verhale van twaalf van hierdie dapper vroue, afkomstig van Engeland, die Nederlande, Belgie, Swede, Kanada, Australie en Nieu-Seeland. Sommige het as verpleegsters aan die front gewerk, terwyl ander Boerekinders in die konsentrasiekampe onderrig het. Hierdie fassinerende en inspirerende boek is gebaseer op persoonlike dagboeke en briewe, sowel as ander oorlogsbronne, en vertel van hul beproewinge en rampspoed terwyl hulle te kampe gehad het met die gevare van oorlog, die uiterstes van die omgewing en die treurige oe van sterwende mans in hul sorg. Hul verhale is die van barmhartigheid en moed.

Gandhi's Johannesburg - Birthplace of Satyagraha (Paperback): Eric Itzkin, University of the Witwatersrand Health Services... Gandhi's Johannesburg - Birthplace of Satyagraha (Paperback)
Eric Itzkin, University of the Witwatersrand Health Services Development Unit
R352 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R73 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

From the young mining town of Johannesburg came ideas of peaceful struggle which spread across the world. Formulated by Mohandas Gandhi in the early 1900s, the philosophy of Satyagraha (soul force or passive resistance) became an inspiration to millions all over the world. For a decade, during the formative years of his philosophy, Gandhi lived in and around Johannesburg where he established a prosperous law practice, though his legal work was soon overtaken by his political activism in support of Indian rights. During that decade, he made the streets and suburbs of the city his own, changing homes frequently and walking tirelessly. Tolstoy Farm and other places and buildings captured in words and pictures in this evocative book are landmarks of Ghandi's personal and political growth. The sites featured span huge social divides, from slums and shanties of the old Indian Location to the comfortable suburbs reserved for whites. Considered as a whole, they and the events surrounding them are an essential part of the Gandhian experience.

Commando - Of Horses And Men (Paperback): Deneys Reitz Commando - Of Horses And Men (Paperback)
Deneys Reitz
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1929. Deneys Reitz, who is now one of General Smuts's political lieutenants and a warm supporter of the British Commonwealth, fought through the South African War as our enemy. He enlisted on the outbreak of the war as a boy of seventeen and went through it to the bitter end. His father was President of the Orange Free State, and after peace was concluded he and his family went into exile. Later he returned to his own country; and later still fought in the Great War on the side of the Allies, first in West and South Africa, and then in France, where he was severely wounded, and where he came to command the First Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers.

Commando abounds in interesting sidelights and portraits - Kruger, De Wet, Smuts, Kitchener. One of the most remarkable passages gives us a glimpse of the young Winston Churchill as prisoner of war in Pretoria. It is difficult to speak of this book in anything short of a string of superlatives.

The spirit of it is magnificent; the uncomplaining courage of the boy-fighter rouses memories of all the stories down the ages about unrecking devotion to an ideal. And not one of them is a finer one than this.

Synthesizing Hope - Matter, Knowledge, and Place in South African Drug Discovery (Hardcover): Anne Pollock Synthesizing Hope - Matter, Knowledge, and Place in South African Drug Discovery (Hardcover)
Anne Pollock
R1,411 Discovery Miles 14 110 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Synthesizing Hope opens up the material and social world of pharmaceuticals by focusing on an unexpected place: iThemba Pharmaceuticals. Founded in 2009 with a name taken from the Zulu word for hope, the small South African startup with an elite international scientific board was tasked with drug discovery for tuberculosis, HIV, and malaria. Anne Pollock uses this company as an entry point for exploring how the location of the scientific knowledge production matters, not only for the raw materials, production, licensing, and distribution of pharmaceuticals but also for the making of basic scientific knowledge. Consideration of this case exposes the limitations of global health frameworks that implicitly posit rich countries as the only sites of knowledge production. Analysis of iThemba identifies the problems inherent in global north/south divides at the same time as it highlights what is at stake in who makes knowledge and where. It also provides a concrete example for consideration of the contexts and practices of postcolonial science, its constraints, and its promise. Synthesizing Hope explores the many legacies that create conditions of possibility for South African drug discovery, especially the specific form of settler colonialism characterized by apartheid and resource extraction. Paying attention to the infrastructures and laboratory processes of drug discovery underscores the materiality of pharmaceuticals from the perspective of their makers, and tracing the intellectual and material infrastructures of South African drug discovery contributes new insights about larger social, political, and economic orders.

The compassionate Englishwoman - Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War (Paperback): Robert Eales The compassionate Englishwoman - Emily Hobhouse in the Boer War (Paperback)
Robert Eales
R334 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R52 (16%) In stock

In 1899 the South African war broke out. As the war progressed, in London the upper-class Emily Hobhouse learned of the camps in southern Africa that contained mostly Boer women and children who had been displaced by the hostilities. She was so concerned that she decided to go to South Africa to investigate. By herself and on her own initiative, she travelled by ship to Cape Town, to begin the distribution of aid to these camps. She travelled thousands of kilometres through the war and was appalled by the British army's tactic of clearing the land and herding hundreds of thousands of people into concentration camps, where the awful conditions put the lives of these `refugees' at risk. She urged the local authorities to provide better care and support, but little changed. So she returned to Britain to plead that immediate action be taken. She was met by indifference from the government and vitriol from the press. This remarkable woman was on the wrong side of history. Her heroic mission could unwittingly have brought down the British government, and her story was smothered. In this book, through careful research, her courageous and inspirational work is once again brought to life.

The Boer War (Hardcover): Martin Bossenbroek The Boer War (Hardcover)
Martin Bossenbroek
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Boer Guerrilla vs British Mounted Soldier - South Africa 1880-1902 (Paperback): Ian Knight Boer Guerrilla vs British Mounted Soldier - South Africa 1880-1902 (Paperback)
Ian Knight; Illustrated by Johnny Shumate
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Waged across an inhospitable terrain which varied from open African savannah to broken mountain country and arid semi-desert, the Anglo-Boer wars of 1880-81 and 1899-1902 pitted the British Army and its allies against the Boers' commandos. The nature of warfare across these campaigns was shaped by the realities of the terrain and by Boer fighting techniques. Independent and individualistic, the Boers were not professional soldiers but a civilian militia who were bound by the terms of the `Commando system' to come together to protect their community against an outside threat. By contrast the British Army was a full-time professional body with an established military ethos, but its over-dependence on conventional infantry tactics led to a string of Boer victories. This fully illustrated study examines the evolving nature of Boer military techniques, and contrasts them with the British experience, charting the development of effective British mounted tactics from the first faltering steps of 1881 through to the final successes of 1902.

Battle Story: Mafeking 1899-1900 (Paperback): Edmund Yorke Battle Story: Mafeking 1899-1900 (Paperback)
Edmund Yorke
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The Siege of Mafeking remains one of the most renowned actions of the Second Boer War, with the British Army defeating a Boer force of up to 8,000 men with barely 1,500 troops. In a siege that lasted 217 days, Robert Baden-Powell and his troops withheld attack from the Boers against all the odds and Mafeking was finally relieved on 17 May 1900. It caused much public excitement in Victorian Britain, with Baden-Powell emerging as a national hero. If you want to understand what happened and why - read Battle Story. One of the most famous, if contoversial, battles of the Second Boer War - memorialised across South Africa, Canada and the United Kingdom The Siege of Mafeking was instrumental in turning Robert Baden-Powell (later founder of the Scouts) into a national hero Includes significant contribution from South African, Canadian and Australian troops

Rorke's Drift Diary - An Account of the Battles of Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift Zululand January 1879 (Paperback):... Rorke's Drift Diary - An Account of the Battles of Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift Zululand January 1879 (Paperback)
William Penn Symons
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* Official diary of the famous battle at Rorkes Drift * Previously unseen material * National publicity and marketing campaign

Timol - Quest for Justice - Ahmed Timol's Life and Martyrdom (Paperback, illustrated edition): Imtiaz Cajee Timol - Quest for Justice - Ahmed Timol's Life and Martyrdom (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Imtiaz Cajee
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Ahmed Timol is one of the most celebrated official murder victims of apartheid South Africa - in the grim company of Solwande "Looksmart" Ngudle, Joseph Mdluli, Dr. Hoosen Haffejee, Steve Biko, Neil Aggett, the Imam Haron and so many others. The technique of "defenestration"- being teasingly dangled and sometimes dropped, by accident or on purpose, from a high police window - was immortalised in his own death. So was the chilling term that Security police would use to mock his fate, "Indians can't fly", as George Bizos has noted. This was, evidently, the timbre of their humour. Ahmed Timol plunged ten storeys and hit the ground under bushes at Johannesburg's notorious John Vorster Square, named after apartheid's worst securocrat, the man who introduced the torture laws as Justice Minister in 1963, before becoming apartheid Prime Minister.

Matron at War - The Story of Katy Beaufoy (1869-1918) (Paperback): Erica Nadin-Snelling Matron at War - The Story of Katy Beaufoy (1869-1918) (Paperback)
Erica Nadin-Snelling
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This is the inspiring story of Sister Katy Beaufoy who was born in Aston, Birmingham in 1868 and who served in both the Boer War and World War I. With excerpts from the diary she kept of her service and letters she sent to her family, Katy records in her matter of fact way her daily life. What emerges are both the horrors experienced by the casualties of war and the remarkable places in which she found herself whilst serving her country - from visiting the pyramids of Giza to sailing around the Greek islands. Katy was reported missing believed drowned after the loss of the Glenart Castle after it left Cardiff on 25th February 1918 bound for Brest to take on board the wounded, a torpedo struck the ship with only 38 surviving from the 206 on board. Her medals include the Dead Woman's Penny and the medal for reorganising the Queen of Italy's nursing service. The book concludes with stories of other members of the Beaufoy family both ancestors and descendants.

Australia's Communities and the Boer War (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): John McQuilton Australia's Communities and the Boer War (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
John McQuilton
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This book explores an Australian regional community's reaction to, and involvement with, the Boer War. It argues that after the initial year the war became an `occasional war' in that it was assumed that the empire would triumph. But it also laid the foundations for reactions to the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. This is the first exploration of the place of the Boer War in Australian history at the community level. Indeed, even at the national level the literature is limited. It is often forgotten that, despite the claims that Australia became a federation via peaceful means, the colonies and the new nation were, in fact, at war. This study aims to bring back into focus a forgotten part of Australian and imperial history, and argues that the Australian experience of the Boer War was more than the execution of Morant and Hancock.

Shades of Difference - Mac Maharaj and the Struggle for South Africa (Paperback): Padraig O'Malley Shades of Difference - Mac Maharaj and the Struggle for South Africa (Paperback)
Padraig O'Malley; Foreword by Nelson Mandela
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This is the inside story of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, told through the experiences of its unsung hero. The struggle in South Africa to destroy apartheid was one of the great moral crusades of the last century, and Mac Maharaj played a pivotal role in the liberation movement for nearly four decades. A South African of Indian descent, Maharaj suffered brutal tortures and twelve years of imprisonment on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela. It was Maharaj who smuggled out the manuscript of Mandela's autobiography, and he later served in his government. Based on extensive interviews with Maharaj over the last eleven years and hitherto unavailable documents, Padraig O'Malley's vividly rendered tale will enthrall anyone interested in a true story of heroism and the story of a people's struggle for freedom.

Churchill Wanted Dead or Alive (Paperback): Celia Sandys Churchill Wanted Dead or Alive (Paperback)
Celia Sandys
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In October 1899, the twenty-four-year-old Winston Churchill set sail from Southampton Docks for South Africa, where he was to cover the Boer War for the London Morning Post. The young Churchill's exploits on the North-West Frontier of India and in the Sudan had already won him a considerable following as an intrepid war correspondent, but for sheer audacity and excitement, nothing would rival his exploits in South Africa. Scarcely two weeks after his arrival in Cape Town, Churchill found him- self on a train, carrying out a reconnaisance mission in enemy-held territory. The train was ambushed by a Boer patrol, and even though he was present only as an observer, Churchill took charge, helping many of his companions to escape before he was captured. Taken as a prisoner of war to Pretoria, he managed to escape, quickly becoming the object of a massive manhunt. Churchill hid from his pursuers in a coal mine and was subsequently spirited across the border. He returned to the fray, participating in the battle of Spion Kop and witnessing the relief of Ladysmith, while enthralling his readers with vivid first-hand accounts of the war's progress. Churchill's adventures in South Africa propelled him into the international arena, setting the stage for his political career; within three months of his return to Britain in 1900, he had become a Member of Parliament. Celia Sandys, Churchill's granddaughter, retraced his footsteps, visiting campsites and battlefields and interviewing the descendants of those who crossed her grandfather's path-both friends and foes. The fascinating new details she discovered combine with the thrilling events of her grandfather's life to make Churchill Wanted Dead or Alive both a gripping adventure story and a unique insight into the early years of a man who would go on to become one of the world's great leaders. CELIA SANDYS is a granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. Her mother was Churchill's eldest daughter, Diana, and her father was Lord Duncan Sandys, the former Cabinet Minister and member of his father-in-law's wartime government. She is married, has four children, and lives in Wiltshire, United Kingdom.

Apartheid - Britain's Bastard Child (Paperback): Helene Opperman Lewis Apartheid - Britain's Bastard Child (Paperback)
Helene Opperman Lewis
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This book is written as an attempt to understand what psycho-historical factors played a dominant role and undoubtly contributed to Afrikaners creating apartheid in 1948.

The main factors are humiliation by the British, and unprocessed grief due to the Anglo-Boer War when the women and children were put into British concentration camps, leaving the survivors with a deep fear of survival as a people, in a country where they were far outnumbered by black people. The book follows their tracks from 1795 till 1948.

The book is not about apartheid, it's about what determined it's creation in 1948 from a psychological perspective. It's a psycho-historical study.

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